Neo-Orientalism in Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Post-Colonial Response
With the pervasiveness of terror, and Islamic fundamentalism discourse in today's politics, some academicians assist in highlighting the differences between cultures. This study will examine Huntington's " The Clash of Civilizations" as an example of this academic approach. Huntington theorizes that a new world order of cultural conflicts will replace the former ideological conflict. This study will reflect back to compare Huntington's 'clash' to a pre-colonial academic field later known as Orientalism.
Orientalism intensified the differences between cultures to gain imperial interests in Africa, Asia, and some parts of Europe. Despite the imaginary nature of Orientalism as an academic field, it succeeds to generate a violent phenomenon like colonialism. Similarly, the neo-Orientalist view, which Huntington's 'clash' represents, may appeal to politicians and extremists alike. As a response to this imaginary 'clash' that may become a reality, this study will introduce the post-colonial theory, which emphasizes the impossibility of framing cultures, and civilizations into well-defined entities.
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Janz, Bruce B.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Orientalism; Postcolonialism
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Maxwell, Fatima, "Neo-Orientalism in Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations and the Post-Colonial Response" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 509.